Class III Information (NFA)


Warning: This page contains descriptions that are general in nature, may not be complete,  or may not be legally accurate. Do not use this information as a substitute for legal advice or as a definitive source for NFA information. If you have questions, please contact us, contact BATFE, read the BATFE NFA Handbook or consult legal counsel.

What is the NFA?

The National Firearms Act (NFA) became law in 1934. It imposes a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and devices and mandates the registration of the same.

What devices are covered by this act?

Machine Guns - any firearm that can fire more than one round with a single trigger pull.

Short Barreled Rifles - any firearm with a butt stock and a rifled barrel under 16" or an overall length under 26".

Short Barreled Shotguns - any firearm with a butt stock and a smooth bore barrel under 18" or an overall length under 26".

Suppressors - any portable device designed to muffle or decrease the sound of a portable firearm (when fired).

Destructive Devices - such as grenades, bombs, explosive missiles and poison gas weapons. Also any non-sporting firearm larger than 50 caliber such as a 40mm grenade launcher. Firearms like 12 gauge shotguns are exempted because they have a legitimate sporting use.

Any Other Weapons - a catch-all category to regulate, register, and tax other types of firearms including, but not limited to:

Smooth bore pistols
Pen guns and cane guns
Disguised firearms
Firearms that can be fired from within a wallet holster or a briefcase

Can I own a machine gun?

Yes, if it was manufactured prior to May 19, 1986. Machine guns manufactured after that date may be possessed only by the military or law enforcement. There are extensive requirements that will take a considerable period of time to complete. If you are considering a purchase of this type, we are able to guide you through the process.

How can I be sure that my Class III purchase meets all government requirements?

We have engaged FFL Guard as legal counsel for all of our Federal Firearms License (FFL) issues. They provide us with legal services to insure full Federal compliance in our transactions.

What kind of class III services does Kimble's Guns and Repair offer?

We sell suppressors and repair "AR platform" machine guns and other selected NFA firearms. Our gunsmith is a graduate of the US Army Small Arms Repair School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Please contact us directly for full details.